PNP: Trust the process

Philippine National Police Chief Police General Benjamin Acorda Jr. appealed to the public to trust the PNP’s built-in mechanisms in disciplining its erring personnel following the recent involvement of certain police officers in criminal activities that have put the institution’s integrity in a bad light.

“The PNP, as an organization founded on professionalism, is more than equipped to undertake administrative investigation and, if the circumstances warrant, render punitive actions against its personnel involved in criminal activities,” Acorda said.

He added that the mechanisms are designed to ferret out the truth and the same process would also allow PNP officers under probe a venue to defend themselves against charges.

Acorda assured the public that the PNP would be transparent and impartial in all its internal personnel investigations.

“Regardless of rank or position, all PNP personnel who are formally charged administratively will have to subject themselves voluntarily to these processes,” Acorda said.

“Formal hearings and deliberations will be done in all cases before a final verdict is rendered,” he added.

Acorda stressed that the PNP’s Internal Affairs Services and the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group are part of the built-in mechanisms within the organization designed to deal with erring personnel involved in criminal activities.

At the same time, Acorda said all disciplinary measures against erring cops should start from the level of all ground commanders.

Meantime, the PNP is intensifying efforts in intelligence monitoring against barangay officials who may have or have involvement in illegal drugs.

PNP public information office chief Brig. Gen. Redrico Maranan disclosed that it is part of the police’s efforts to ensure the conduct of safe and peaceful Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.

He added that strengthening the operations against barangay officials involved in the illegal drugs is vital in raising public awareness of people seeking government posts involved in these illegal acts.

Maranan said this will also help the PNP reduce incidents of violence ahead of the polls as drug syndicates are known to use their money in supporting candidates sympathetic to their business.

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